Disaster at the Pole

Disaster at the Pole : The Tragedy of the Airship "Italia" and the 1921 Nobile Expedition to the North Pole

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Against the backdrop of Mussolini's rising power, one of Italy's premier aeronautical engineers, Unberto Nobile, gained acclaim by crossing the North Pole in a dirigible. Buoyed by this success, Nobile decided in 1928 to raise the ante and take his newly designed airship to the North Pole, land it, and then return to base. But what started in glory turned to disaster when the airship crashed some 300 miles from civilization. With more than 30 years of research and interviews with surviving participants, Wilbur Cross presents this terrifying tale of tragedy and survival. Here is the story of the airship's survivors, who were stranded on a disintegrating ice floe, and of a determined international team of rescuers, including the famous Amundsen, whose desperate search for the missing Italians led to their own disaster. It is also the story of the controversy surrounding the rescue of Nobile while much of his crew perished in the icy wastelands of the Arctic. Filled with political intrigue, heroics and cruel twists of fate, "Disaster at the Pole" is an account of one of the greatest polar disasters.show more

Product details

  • Paperback
  • 154.9 x 228.1 x 19.8mm | 485.35g
  • The Lyons Press
  • Guilford, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1585744964
  • 9781585744961

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"(The book) has just been reissued by Lyons Press, which performs stellar work re-introducing great books of the recent past." --" River Falls Journal"show more

About Wilbur Cross

Wilbur Cross is the author of more than forty-five books. A former editor at Life, he presently runs his own editorial consulting and writing firm. He lives with his wife on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.show more

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